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Artesia: From Portuguese Dairy Farms to Little India

This week L.A. Letters highlights the past, present and future of Artesia, one of the gateway cities on the southeastern border of Los Angeles County.

About the Author

Third-generation Angeleno Mike "The Poet" Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, and teacher.
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Richard Wyatt: Artist for Los Angeles

Richard Wyatt: Artist for Los Angeles

This week L.A. Letters celebrates the important public murals of Richard Wyatt with extra close attention paid to his eighty-foot long mural in the East Portal at Union Station.
Art and the City

Art and the City

This week L.A. Letters showcases four African-American poets that have made major contributions to the city's literary community.
Love Thy Neighbor: Timothy Washington and the Black Assemblage Art Movement

Love Thy Neighbor: Timothy Washington and the Black Assemblage Art Movement

This week L.A. Letters pays tribute to Washington, and briefly highlights the groundbreaking Black assemblage art movement he came to rise within Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s ...
On Location: Burbank

On Location: Burbank

This week L.A. Letters celebrates Burbank, one of the Southland's media capitals with a small town feel.
Remembering Amiri Baraka

Remembering Amiri Baraka

This week L.A. Letters celebrates one of the greatest to ever pick up a pen, write a play or rip a poem. Long live Leroi Jones.
The California I Love: Three Books on Early Los Angeles

The California I Love: Three Books on Early Los Angeles

The first L.A. Letters of 2014 looks at three early iconic books focused on Los Angeles.
This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 2

This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 2

Picking up where last week left off, this week L.A. Letters presents more notable books from 2013, as well as a few new developments and notes on the last year in literature.
This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 1

This Year in L.A. Letters: Part 1

Books and love for Los Angeles form the backbone of this column, along with California history, urban studies, architecture, and poetry with some selected fiction. This week L.A. L ...
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